"Dongdong and Yen first met at the Brownell Library and became close friends soon after. They danced together in the Vermont Chinese School dance group, and their kids took piano lessons with the same teacher. Today, they enjoy hiking and improving their cooking skills together, and they are thankful to have bonded over their shared Chinese culture." -Dongdong Lin and Yen Sun
Lisa and Annie first met 15+ years ago, when Lisa's children took swim lessons with Annie. They have remained in one another's lives and are now very close friends. Annie's son, Kayhl, taught Lisa's children film as an instructor with EJRP. Throughout the pandemic, Lisa and Annie have gone on many walks throughout the Town. Annie has enjoyed the ab workout from Lisa making her laugh so hard while they walk. Both Lisa and Annie have worked with children and families in Essex for many years. Lisa Allen and her family lived for 17 years in the Village and for the past 5 years in the Town. Annie Cooper lived and raised her children in the Town from 1996, and in the Village since 2009.
"Mom Mary-Ellen and son Andrew not only share a love of good food and many genes, they also share a love for all of Essex. Whether it be a hike or fishing at Indian Brook, playing in one of the many parks, listening to a fair concert from the comfort of their own home, and more, they know Essex is more alike than different." -Mary-Ellen and son Andrew Brown, President of the Essex Junction Board of Trustees
Tim Miller, Essex Junction firefighter, and Tracey Delphia, newest member of the Town Selectboard, share an appreciation for all things Essex. Whatever side of the dotted line they find themselves on, rest assured these two are enjoying everything Essex has to offer. With so much to do, it's easy to love where we live!
Athena and Saramichelle met because of a shared interest to become one community of Essex. They have also learned that they have many things in common. They both adore and cherish their children, love their families, love to dance, hike and run, and discuss politics. They look forward to getting together in person soon after Covid to go for a hike or celebrate with their families together! -Athena Newhard, Town of Essex resident, and Saramichelle Stultz, Town and Village of Essex Junction resident
"Even before Henry and Nathan lived in Essex, we shared a common bond through soccer. Throughout middle and high school, we competed against and with each other in soccer, track and field, cross country, Nordic skiing, and Scholars' Bowl. Even as we prepare to go off to college, we still run together and are grateful for our friendship formed through academic and athletic pursuits." -Henry Wu, Patrick Herrin, and Nathan Wu
Across town, across the years | "Our friendship began when our kids both attended Founders School. The kids' activities brought us together on the sidelines at school and sporting events, and deepened over many years of home and away games, team dinners, sleepovers, and more. Now, even though we moved to the Village and the kids have grown up and out of the house, we still have fun together and value the ties that bind us." -Phyllis and John Willey, Betsy and Pat Fleming
"We are cousins. Two of us live in a bustling neighborhood near five corners in the village. Two of us live in a cabin in the town outside the village. Before the pandemic we used to hang out in the neighborhood for trick or treating, socializing with the neighbors, or walking to get a cremee. We used to hang out at the cabin to listen to birds, watch bats, have a bonfire, or hear the band play. It’s the best of both worlds! We can’t wait to go back to our back and forth!"
"From 2012 - 2014, we were active volunteers with the Heart & Soul of Essex. We both still have several mementos we hold dear. One is this t-shirt, with the 6 core values that our community identified. Our parents recently bought a house together with Gabrielle in the Village, just a mile away from Stephanie in the Town. We are so happy to all be near each other here in Essex, with great services, wonderful local businesses, and a beautiful landscape." -Stephanie Ratté and Gabrielle Ratté Smith
"We’ve been married 16 years! He grew up in the Junction, I grew up in the Town. We’ve lived in Essex our whole lives! Raising our family in the town we grew up in and loving all that Essex has to offer them: great schools, great community, thoughtful growth and development, and safety." -Vasanthi and Justin Meyette
As senior members of the Essex Town Selectboard, Pat Murray and Andy Watts understand the need for Essex Town and Essex Junction to work together for the best interests of all residents regardless of the outcome of the upcoming vote. Together, they worked many volunteer hours getting the revote ballots ready to mail out to all active voters. Andy and Pat have served together for 2 years and look forward to continued collaboration in the year to come.